Discipline + Hard Work + Time Management = Goal Achievement
The goals formula isn’t that difficult. You may wonder why more people don’t achieve their goals. Truth is very few people actually focus on what it takes to achieve a goal and change their lives. Life goals or rites of passage often get taken for granted. For example, most people (not all) will just automatically assume they will graduate from high school or get married. It is often only when these things become a challenge (e.g., a girl becomes pregnant in high school and has to consciously set out to graduate) that more energy gets placed on making what appears to be a simple part of life, a real goal.
Six Common Obstacles to Goal Setting
On the surface, the goals formula looks pretty basic, right? And in many ways, it is. Yet many people don’t break down goals to this fundamental level, or they struggle with separate parts of the formula. They lack discipline; they prefer leisure time to work; or they are unorganized and do not effectively manage their time. Do you know people like this? Another excuse not mentioned in the formula are finances, which actually fall under discipline; but the number one excuse people will use if they, for example, want to leave a job, change careers, or start a business is finances. How many people have you heard say, “I can’t afford it?” Financial excuses when not filtered through the right perspective can keep people endlessly stuck in self-made misery or jobs they hate for years.
You can always find never-ending obstacles to achieving your goals. This part is the most critical to master. You will use your obstacles as excuses to fail. In fact, I have seen people literally stand in front of me paralyzed by their obstacles and even fail to realize they are getting in their own way. It’s frustrating to watch. Most of these people can’t see it – and no amount of explaining or cajoling will get them past their own self-made box of why they can’t break out. At this point, I strongly urge you to open up your self-awareness and understand that you cannot be helped unless you realize you need to get out of your own way.
Here are the six common obstacles I hear the most often:
1. Ignorance of the life benefits of goal setting
2. Always thinking in terms of “I have no money”
3. No hurry or deadline date
4. No desire
5. No belief that you can do it
6. No encouragement from peers, family and friends.
With the goals formula, the key is to break down any and all excuses to help yourself understand and master how you can overcome all barriers, including financial.
It’s important to build the goal-setting process into daily habits and routines. Just like changing your diet or endurance training routine the same process to integrate the changes into your daily life and turn new behaviors into habits will hold true, as you work to achieve your goals whether your goals are big or small.
By Wayne Kurtz
Wayne Kurtz is founder of RaceTwitch.com and Endurance Racing Report, he has a lifelong passion for racing in various endurance sport races throughout the world. He is also the author of: ‘Beyond the Iron, a training guide for ultra-distance triathlons.’